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Thank you Malcolm. I am concerned by your overuse of the term 'homoerotic'. Although the dictionary definition 'arousing sexual desire centred on a person of the same sex' seems simple enough, as a society we always equate the word 'erotic' with something naughty, sordid, dark and ever-so-slightly dirty. I don't believe you would use the word 'erotic' to describe a heterosexual relationship so why for a gay one? It makes me assume that you assume all gay relationships are 'dirty' which I hope isn't the case. If it is, of course this is precisely one of Steve Chalke's points: "One tragic outworking of the Church's historical rejection of faithful gay relationships is our failure to provide homosexual people with any model of how to cope with their sexuality, except for those who have the gift of, or capacity for, celibacy. In this way we have left people vulnerable and isolated. When we refuse to make room for gay people to live in loving, stable relationships, we consign them to lives of loneness, secrecy and fear. It's one thing to be critical of a promiscuous lifestyle - but shouldn't the Church consider nurturing positive models for permanent and monogamous homosexual relationships?"
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